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Office Building Design

No longer marked by gray, uniform rows of cubicles, offices have become more personalized and employee-centric than ever, giving people a more comfortable place to spend their working hours. New approaches to office customization and the way employees interact are breathing new life into the workplace.

Gensler, Inventure Design, Ziegler Cooper, and Rottet Studio have each designed a suite within a tower in Houston that Brookfield Property Partners plans to market as offices of the future, with an emphasis on bold design and collaboration. Image: Brookfield Property Partners

March 24, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer engaged four design firms to come up with unique suites it will market under its De...

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Scott

March 21, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Graham Baba Architects designed the project around a central, landscaped courtyard.

Courtesy Robert Benson Photography

March 20, 2017 | Jeff Paine, AIA

Today’s workplace requires designers and employers to look holistically at the organization’s cul...

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March 07, 2017 | Transwestern

A new Transwestern report examines the adaptive reuse trend across the U.S.

Pixabay Public Domain

March 02, 2017 | Perkins Eastman + Three H

This paper is the first in a planned three-part series of studies on the evolution of diverse off...

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The Freedom Center in South Huntsville, Ala., is an office complex that is seen as part of the revitalization of that part of the city. Torch Technologies, the building's anchor tenant, spearheaded the redevelopment. Image: J. Hanshaw Photography

March 02, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly opened Freedom Center, near Redstone Arsenal, includes a 10,000-sf conference center....

Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang

February 24, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Solar Carve Tower advances Studio Gang’s ‘solar carving’ design strategy.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

February 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The factory will immerse employees and visitors in nature from all sides.

Sodexo's Institute of Quality of Life has produced an expansive report that examines global workplace trends. The report argues in favor of a “people-centric” approach to workplaces that places the well being and value of employees above all else.  Image: Pixabay

February 15, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest Sodexo report on workplace trends explores 10 factors that are impacting the global wo...

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Rendering courtesy of PLP Architecture.

February 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Friars Bridge Court will provide a transition between the unvarying height of the buildings to th...

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Rendering courtesy of SOM

February 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Over 1,000 employees will work in the HQ building when completed.

 Completed in May 2016, the 131,000-sf headquarters for the law firm Stoel Rives is located on the top nine floors of the Park Avenue West tower in Portland, Ore. While its conference rooms are enclosed for privacy, natural light reaches the interior spaces through the use of clear glass relights in the solid wood doors. All offices are enclosed in glass to allow natural light into the center of the plan as well as to create a more transparent, collaborative environment. Some glass doors and panels are trimmed with timber framing to match the room’s interior materials and design (pictured). The Building Team included ZGF Architects (architect, interior design), KPFF Consulting Engineers (SE), Interface Engineering (MEP), Alternatt Associates (acoustics), and Lease Crutcher Lewis (GC). Photo: Nick Merick.

February 06, 2017 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

The hottest material in workplace design—interior glass—opens offices to light and collaboration....

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February 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The top bar is 500 feet long, spans 180 feet between the bottom two bars, and cantilevers out 60...

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February 02, 2017 | Hakee Chang, Denise Darrin, and Lisa Weeks

An authentic culture cannot be forced, but can be encouraged and supported.

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

December 14, 2016 | Kevin Rosenstein

More, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place...

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Rendering courtesy of CetraRuddy

December 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office, designed by CetraRuddy, will be completed in 2017.

December 06, 2016 | Julie Fuex and Larry Lander

Differentiated from mock-ups or beta sites, workplace pilots are small scale built work environme...

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Photo courtesy of ESI Design

December 06, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The campus’s new ‘front door’ is designed to immerse visitors and employees into the company’s gl...

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Photo: Shawn Collins, flickr Creative Commons

November 16, 2016 | BIG

The headquarters will be located at Kings Cross, London.

Rendering courtesy of Under Armour

November 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The campus will be located in Baltimore’s $5.5 billion Port Covington redevelopment project.

The Washington Post's nerve center. Image © Garrett Rowland.

November 14, 2016 | Sumita Arora, Co-Leader of Gensler’s Global Media Practice

The converged environment is a live-streaming workplace, a zone where news and content f...

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Rendering courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox

November 03, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Murphy Development Group is looking for tenants for the $800 million project.

Photo Credit: Rasmus Hjortshoej courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

November 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building also marks the first BIG project in Philadelphia.

October 26, 2016 | Karen Thomas, CID / LEED AP BD+C

With a continued focus on providing more with less, companies across all industries are continual...

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Photo: Hufton & Crow via Zaha Hadid Architects

October 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office is located in Moscow’s southern district.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

October 05, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 65-story tower will be primarily office space and has an estimated development cost of $3.2 b...

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Image © Gensler

September 30, 2016 | Lena Kitson + Kimberly Foster

No matter how lavish the amenities, they’ll prove ineffective in making any kind of positive impa...

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The OH-1 redevelopment project in Tokyo, one of that metro's biggest projects, is designed to recall the past and look forward to the future. Image: courtesy SOM / © Methanoia

September 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Mitsui Fudosan and SOM join forces to create OH-1, a mixed-use complex with a prominent public sq...

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Rendering courtesy of Foster + Partners

September 22, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The glass building provides the illusion of floating above a stone plinth.

Sterling Bay's proposal for a 958-foot-tall office tower is among an array of development and redevelopment projects it has in the works in Chicago. Image: SOM via

September 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is one of several projects that are filling this developer’s plate in this city.

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